Rated 4.2 out of 5Â by 72
Rated 5.0 out of 5.0Â by lily good to keep sun out
Great for apartments no nailing or damage to wood. My friend had them and she had them up for a long time. Easy to put up and in summer the black keeps the rooms cooler. I dressed mine up with scarfs.
August 6, 2011
Rated 4.0 out of 5.0Â by mmh449 Look good and very inexpensive for the look.
The paper shades have to be carefully handled since they tend to wrinkle or crinkle very easily. Must be hung perfectly level.
November 2, 2011
Rated 5.0 out of 5.0Â by NANAbmcc window shade
This is the second time I have ordered these. The first was exactly what I needed so that is why I ordered again.
February 12, 2015
Rated 3.0 out of 5.0Â by Peter You get what you pay for
They are a cheap and easy to install solution. They do work. Yes they have a clip to adjust and not pull string, but these are not intended to be pricey functional blinds, they are inexpensive blackout blind that you adjust your length and place a clip at where you want it to stop.
Had them up for about 6 months without problems, One corner of one of the shades has come loose but a little double sided tape patches that easy. These are installed by removing a sticky strip and you press and hold them to the top of the window. They are light weight and easy to install. Unfortunately after about 6 months of use 3 of the 4 shades have faded to brown from their original black, they were all bought and installed at the same time and no differences in shade / sun on them but the 3 faded and 1 has not. When initially installed you get a lot of the zig-zag appearance from the folding of the package, but if you leave them down at all times that does get lost and they will stretch out and look like lined paper in the window, still I don't think they are that unattractive but they are not $100+ blinds either. How ever you look at it, these are what they are and even now still do the job I bought them for which is block out the light in bulk, some light gets through but does block most and does help keep the room temp down.
April 30, 2012
Rated 5.0 out of 5.0Â by TMCdrums It works, it's affordable and it looks nice...FINALLY!
These have been a life changer! I have been doing shift work for over 12 years and I have never found an affordable, effective, yet visually pleasing and convenient option to darken my room for daytime sleep. I've used roller shades, mini-blinds, curtains, room darkening curtain panels, cardboard, blankets, you name it. I've found that the most effective method to block light (cardboard and blankets) is the most hideous to look at. The more visually pleasing options (blinds, shades) inevitably allow glaring rays of light in that always seem to find my face. The past few years, Iâve let the visually pleasing factor outweigh the effectiveness factor, but I finally got tired of it. So, I went on the search for a solution and came across these shades on several different sites.
These shades are paper and marketed as being âtemporaryâ. They are essentially a really long piece of pleated, thick, black construction paper with a tape strip on the top that is used to affix it to your window frame. There is no roller or pull cord mechanism, as they are simply folded up/down to the desired level and then held in place by two black clips (they are included and are much like chip-clips). You install them by simply measuring your window opening and cutting the shade with a razor-edge blade, such as a box cutter. The shade is pliable enough I just held it up into to the opening, bending the excess portion of the shade outward, and then marked my cut with a white crayon. I used a straight edge to hold my place, and then with several swipes of the blade, they were cut to size. Remove the strip that covers the adhesive and then youâre ready to stick it in place. I attached mine to the metal portion of the inside of the window pane. I removed my blinds, however that wasnât necessary. These shades would have fit just fine behind them. It took a total of 20 minutes to cut and install 3 shades.
Now, I will say that part of the reason these work so well for me is due to my color schemes. My bedroom is full of gray, purple and black. So the black shades showing act as an accent to all of that. Had it not been, I would have probably left my blinds up, so the shades wouldnât be visible from the inside. The exterior of my house has gray siding with black shutters, so from the outside it looks like I have black roman shades that go with my exterior colors as well.
With regard to the light blocking ability, I have to say Iâm impressed. I have one single window on one wall and a double window on another wall. There isnât a glimmer of light visible through my single window. There is a slight amount of light getting through in the middle portion of my double window, however I do have curtains and when theyâre closed; they seem to trap most of the residual light.
I canât speak of the longevity of the shade just yet, but Iâll post an update if needed. However, for the job these do and the price (about $6 each), I wouldnât even mind if I had to reinforce the tape or replace them every once in a while.
See the attached photos for further details. These photos were taken minutes apart, during a sunny St. Louis afternoon around 4pm. I had no lights on in the home and no flash on the camera.
August 2, 2014